The role of faith in the humanitarian response
Strengthening community participation and engagement through religious leaders in Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
The majority of Rohingya refugees living in the camps of Ukhiya and Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar district are Sunni/Hanafi Muslims, for whom Islam is an integral part of their cultural identity and social life. Religious leaders are highly respected in the Rohingya community and have a powerful influence on individual and collective behaviour. In order to disseminate life-saving messages, promote positive behaviour change, build social cohesion, and help prevent and eliminate harmful norms and practices related to child care in refugee and host communities, UNICEF has partnered with civil society organizations, faith based organizations and religious leaders to achieve development goals for children and their families.